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Posted on March 26 2010, 9:29am by Mark Esper in Local News category
Alpine Triangle public meeting March 31 at Town Hall
Alpine Triangle plan 
is topic of meeting
Trout Unlimited’s Sportsmen’s Conservation Project, based in Durango, is hosting an Alpine Triangle campaign launch even in Silverton on Wednesday, March 31.
Trout Unlimited is backing a plan to have several thousand acres in Hinsdale, Ouray and San Juan counties designated a national conservation area.
“This public meeting is aimed at engaging the residents of Silverton on Trout Unlimited’s efforts to protect the long-term hunting, fishing, recreational, historical and economic resources of the Alpine Triangle,” said Ty Churchwell, campaign manager.
 A presentation will precede a Q&A session.  The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday night, March 31 at 6 p.m. at Silverton Town Hall.  
Refreshments will be provided.  To learn more, visit the campaign website at www.alpinetriangle.com or call Ty at (970) 259-5116.  Please contact Ty if you plan to attend so he may assure room capacities are not exceeded and that ample drinks are provided.
Corned beef, cabbage go up in smoke
The Silverton/San Juan Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of smoke billowing from a home on Empire Street on Wednesday, April 17, and found it to be a case of bad St. Patrick’s Day cooking.
“You could smell it a block away,” said Fire Chief Gilbert Archuleta.
Some 20 volunteers responded to the report of a fire at 755 Empire Street at about 9 p.m.
“We found the house filled with smoke and we were using a heat scanner to find the source,” Archuleta said.
That’s when Terry Rhoades, himself a firefighter, pulled up, and remembered that he had left some corned beef and cabbage on the stove.
“Firemen aren’t good cooks,” Archuleta explained.
Archuleta said there was no damage to the home, other than a powerful aroma that “may affect Mr. Rhoades’ personal life a bit.”
The overheated cabbage and corned beef were promptly pitched into a snowbank.
As for the firefighters, “no one stayed for dinner,” Archuleta said.
Farmers’ market in the works for Silverton
A group of Silverton women want to plant a small farmers’ market at Memorial Park this summer, and the Town Council on Monday night said they were all for the concept.
Anne Izard, Cassandra Roof and Katie Houston said the idea is to bring healthier food to Silverton while addressing global environmental and economic problems at the local level.
“We’d like to bring the local food movement to Silverton,” Izard said.
The farmers’ market would be on Tuesday afternoons from 2 to 6 p.m., from June through August.
They expect seven or so vendors to take part, with some craft booths and nonprofits also invited to take part.
‘Information Station’ 
to greet train riders
The Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce is planning to put up an “information station” in the vacant lot at 12th and Blair to help train passengers get oriented upon their arrival.
Chamber President Pam Welty said the 6-foot-wide sign would have a small roof to shelter arriving passengers from rain and will include a map to help them with their most urgent needs, which in many cases involves finding the restrooms at nearby potty park.
Welty said owners of the lot, Tiffany deKay and Travis Shepard, are OK with the project, which will cost the chamber more than $2,000.
Welty said passengers often get off the train not knowing exactly how to navigate downtown Silverton.
“Maybe this will help them feel a bit more welcome,” Welty said.
Town Trustee David Zanoni said the sign will have to be set back a few feet from the sidewalk to avoid being a casualty of snow removal operations in the winter.
The Town Council signed off on the sign, and left the details to town staff to work out.
Town wants review of weekly rental policy
The Silverton Town Council says it is not interested in imposing a moratorium on weekly rental units in residential neighborhoods, but it will look at the criteria by which such rental units are granted zoning variances.
The San Juan Regional Planning Commission raised concerns about the impact of weekly rental units last month.
It urged the Town Council to consider a moratorium on additional weekly rentals.
Town Trustee Jim Lindaman said he isn’t so sure there is a significant problem, given that he isn’t getting complaints from hotel and motel owners, or neighbors of the weekly rentals.
Trustees David Zanoni and Pat Swonger said they have heard concerns about the issue and suggested the town might want to “tighten down” rules for approving weekly rentals in residential areas.
Paulette Schmalz is named to Library Board
Paulette Schmalz was appointed to the Silverton Library Board by a unanimous vote of the Town Council on Monday night.
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